Cutting Terror Off at the Legs
Israel struck against its enemies financially last week, seizing $4 million that Iran had transferred to the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip. “The money was earmarked for developing the Hamas terror infrastructure in Gaza, including the manufacture of arms and ammunition and payment to members of the organization,” Defense Minister Naftali Bennett stated. He outed “the Iranian regime which operates against the State of Israel” as the culprit behind the scheme. Bennett noted Israel’s fight both physically and financially, undertaking a “widespread economic campaign against members of terror organizations around the world,” according to worldisraelnews.com.
While physical war draws most of the public attention, the battle of the pocketbooks holds just as much weight. To put it frankly, Hamas draws an obscene amount of funding from Iran. Its business revolves around killing—terrorists attack Israel and get paid handsomely for it. Israel is making a bold statement by seizing this money. But enough is enough. While Iran will no doubt continue to funnel money to Hamas, it will be interesting to see if either of them will respond through physical or economic warfare or not at all. Israel has been actively resisting Hamas in recent weeks, such as when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declared that he intended to use “devastating action” against the terror group a few weeks ago if their attacks persisted. Hopefully, this recent policy of no holds barred proves effective moving forward.